Emmy Award-winning actress Zendaya joined hands with the entertainment industry who is paying their respects and honoring the late Ronnie Spector. Known for being the iconic lead singer for ‘60s girl group The Ronettes, Spector died on Wednesday (Jan. 12) at age 78 after being diagnosed with cancer.
“This news just breaks my heart,” Zendaya wrote alongside a black-and-white photo of Spector and a polaroid of the duo together dated Dec. 12, 2018. “To speak about her as if she’s not with us feels strange as she is so incredibly full of life. There’s not a time I saw her without her iconic red lips and full teased hair, a true rockstar through and through. Ronnie, being able to know you has been one of the greatest honors of my life.”
In September 2020, the news was announced that Zendaya would be playing the “Be My Baby” singer in an upcoming film about the singer's life.
“Thank you for your unmeasured talent, your unwavering love for performing, your strength, resilience and your grace. There is absolutely nothing that could dim the light you cast. I admire you so much and am so grateful for the bond we share. You are a magical force of greatness and the world of music will never be the same,” Zendaya continued her IG post.
Adding, “Rest in great power Ronnie. I hope to make you proud.”
It’s unclear when the Ronnie Spector film will be released but, according to Deadline, Spector personally chose Zendaya to portray her.